COLLEGE STATION -- No. 16 Texas A&M used a five-run first, three hits from Kyle Colligan and a four-RBI night by Dane Carter to record its fifth straight victory with an 8-1 win over Stephen F. Austin Tuesday night before 3,464 fans at Olsen Field.
Along with the offensive punch, the Aggies (22-6) got another strong start from sophomore Clayton Ehlert, who allowed one run and seven hits over six innings to pick up his third win of the season. SFA fell to 11-14.
“I like starting the game like that,” A&M coach Rob Childress said. “We’ve done that now three or four games in a row now, and it allows us to relax before we’re even into the game. Clayton (Ehlert) was outstanding and very efficient in his outing, and Kyle Colligan, Darby Brown and Dane Carter all stayed hot and had good nights.”
A&M sent 10 to the plate in the first off SFA starter Erich Lehmann. Carter opened the scoring with a two-run single to right, then two batters later Darby Brown launched his team-high seventh home run of the year—a two-run shot—to put the Aggies up 4-0.
Ben Feltner would make the score 5-0 with an infield bunt single that scored Brian Ruggiano from third base.
Colligan drove a one-out single through the left side of the infield in the fourth, bringing home Luke Anders with A&M’s sixth run of the night. Two batters later, Carter’s sixth triple of the season drove Colligan and Feltner in, pushing the lead to 8-0.
The Lumberjacks would score their only run of the night in the fifth on an RBI infield bunt single by shortstop Jeff Brewer.
Ehlert (3-2) fanned six and walked none in his six innings of work. He was followed by Kirkland Rivers and Evan Gerald, who combined for three innings of one-hit, shutout relief.
Lehmann (1-3) lasted just one inning, giving up six hits, five runs (four earned). He did not walk or strike out a batter.
A&M reached double figures in the hits column for the fifth straight game and scored in the first for the fourth straight contest.
“We’re starting to click a little bit more offensively and that’s fun to see,” Childress said. “We have to get used to playing at home again, playing 17 of our next 21 at Olsen, and we need to play well here.”
The series concludes Wednesday at 3 p.m. A&M will send sophomore Shane Minks (4-0, 2.53 ERA) to the mound, while SFA will counter with senior Kevin Thomas (2-3, 7.12 ERA). The game will air locally on WTAW-AM 1620.
Kids 12 and under can receive free admission with a paid adult through the “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” promotion. There is a limit of four kids per adult and all seats are general admission. In addition, those in attendance can take advantage of the "Wednesday Triple Play", which offers fans two slices of pizza and a drink for $3.
TEXAS A&M POSTGAME NOTES:
• Texas A&M won its 21st consecutive mid-week game dating back to April 2006.
• The Aggies scored in the first inning for the fourth consecutive game…A&M put up eight on Friday, one on Saturday and five on Sunday in the first at Kansas this past weekend.
• Dane Carter’s fourth-inning triple gave him six for the season and moved him into a tie for fourth place on the single-season charts…Carter sits three shy of the record of nine (Brian Thomas, 1993)…in addition, his four RBI tied a career high.
• Carter hit safely for the ninth-straight game, and has now recorded a hit in 26 of the Aggies’ 28 games in 2008…in addition, he has reached base safely (hit or walk) in all 28 contests.
• Kyle Colligan had three hits for the second consecutive game…Colligan has now hit safely in five straight contests…he tied a career high with the three hits on the evening.
• Kyle Colligan had three hits for the second consecutive game…Colligan has now hit safely in five straight contests.
• Ben Feltner stole his 41st career base in the fourth inning, moving the senior into a tie for 10th place all-time at A&M.
• Darby Brown’s two-run home run in the first was his seventh of the year and extended his career-best hit streak to 12 games.
• Texas A&M tallied double-digit hits for the fifth straight game and for the 18th time this year.
• Jose Duran saw his hit streak end at 11 games.
• A&M now leads the all-time series with SFA, 15-0.
• Game-time temperature was 70 degrees with partly cloudy skies and winds blowing in from right center at 16 miles per hour.